Hoosiers Drop Purdue 13-1 To Take Series Victory
May 5, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Tyler Tufts pitched a complete game for the third consecutive time and the Hoosier bats came on as well as the Indiana baseball team dropped Purdue 13-1 to take three games out of the four-game set between the two teams. Josh Phegley hit a grand slam for the Hoosiers in the win, while David Trager had two hits and drove in a career-high four runs. IU improved to 21-25 (9-15 Big Ten) while the second-place Boilers are now 26-20 (17-7).
Those two were far from alone in their heroics, though, as Jerrud Sabourin went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer, his fourth of the season. Tyler Rogers delivered a bases-clearing double off the wall in center field in his only official at-bat. Tufts was outstanding on the mound, scattering 11 Boilermaker hits and walking just two to improve to 4-5 on the season.
IU took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Sabourin and Chris Hervey hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning and then moved up 90 feet on Rogers' sac bunt. After Michael Earley struck out, Trager delivered a clutch, two-out single to right to bring home two runs and give IU an early 2-0 edge.
On the other side, Tufts pitched his way out of jams in both the first and second, but Purdue cracked the scoreboard in the third. Brandon Haveman and Ben Wolgamot singled consecutively to give PU runners at the corners and nobody out. Ryne White then made it three in a row with an RBI single to center, but Andrew Means caught Wolgamot between second and third, and he was gunned down at second base on a nice play by shortstop Tyler Cox on the tag. Tufts then got Jordan Comadena to bounce into a fielder's choice and Dan Black to fly to left to end the inning.
After Tufts pitched around a leadoff double in the fourth to keep the score 2-, the Hoosiers broke the game wide open in the bottom of the fifth. Cox led off with a bunt single and Means followed with a bloop single to shallow left center to put two on and none out. Evan Crawford dropped down a bunt to sacrifice the runners over, and got on base when pitcher Kyle Cook mishandled the ball to load the bases with nobody out.
With nowhere to put Phegley, Cook came right after the sophomore and paid the price, as the Terre Haute, Ind., native crushed the first pitch he saw over the fence in left for his second grand slam of the year to make it 6-1. He now has nine home runs and 59 RBI on the season and is hitting a conference-high .440. His nine homers are more than the eight Indiana hit as a team in 2007 and his 59 RBI are the most by a Hoosier since Joe Kemp had 63 in 2005. Phegley also has tied the IU record for most RBI in Big Ten games in a single season, matching the 36 of Mike Smith's magical 1992 campaign.
Later in the fifth, with two down, Rogers drew a walk and Earley was hit by a pitch to put two on and two out for Trager. The Prospect, Ky., native celebrated Senior Day a little later than his classmates, knocking a double down the right field line to score two more runs and make it 8-1. The four RBI for Trager were a career high.
In the sixth, Mike Morgan struck out the first two hitters he faced, but then walked Phegley with two down. After Sabourin reached on an error, Hervey was hit by a pitch for the 15th time this season and the bases were full for Rogers. The sophomore blasted the first pitch he saw deep to center field and off the wall to clear the bases. In the eighth, Sabourin capped off the scoring with a two-run homer off Josh Lindblom - his fourth of the year and second of the series - to make it 13-1.
On the mound, Tufts continued to work his way out of trouble, as he stranded runners at third in both the sixth and eighth innings. He got a key 4-3 double play in the seventh as well. Coming out in the ninth, the junior from Sagamore Hills, Ohio, allowed a leadoff infield single to get things started. But he then retired Haveman on a flyout to center and jammed Wolgamot for a soft liner that Tufts jumped off the mound to squeeze, then quickly threw to first to end the game on a double play. The complete game was Tufts' third in a row. Over his last three contests, the junior has gone 2-1 with a 3.75 ERA and 24.0 innings pitched.
Indiana will be back in action on Tuesday with a non-conference affair against Louisville at Sembower Field. Indiana football head coach Bill Lynch will throw out the first pitch prior to the 3 p.m. contest. Live audio and GameTracker for the contest will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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